George F. Wilder
1850 - 1923
VETERAN RAILROAD MAN PASSES AWAY
Assistant Purchasing Agent for the St. Paul Railroad
Dies at his Home Here
Funeral Services Sunday Afternoon
01 11 1923
George F. Wilder passed
away at his home,
The decedent was born
on a farm in the town of Watertown,
He was a member of Lincoln Lodge No. 20 Knights of Pythias and of the Arctic club of Seattle. Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. D. A. Hadley of Oconomowoc and Miss Ella Wilder of this city.
Mr. Wilder was a genuine citizen in every respect and to know him was to know a man of high ideals and firm and honorable convictions; one shoes loyalty to his friends was not to be questioned and one who performed conscientiously every task which duty placed before him. Although quiet and unassuming Mr. Wilder was a success in his undertaking and established friendships which lasted until death summoned him from this earthly sphere.
The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at at the home. The Rev. N. Carter Daniell will officiate. The ceremony at the grave will be in charge of the Knights of Pythias.
DEATH OF GEORGE WILDER
Assistant Purchasing Agent For
The C. M. St. P. Ry.
01 18 1923
Deceased was born on a farm in the town of Watertown, December 4, 1850, son the late Otis M. and Sophia M. Wilder, and when three years old removed to this city with his parents, where he was educated, and in 1870 he entered the employ of the C. M. & St. P. Ry. Co., and remained in the employ of the company up to the time of his death, rising from an inferior position by his own efforts to one of great responsibility and one that required great judgment and tact, a position that he filled honorably and well. For 80 years previous to his death he was assistant purchasing agent of the C. M. & St. P. Ry., passing the greater portion of his time on the Pacific coast, making his headquarters at Seattle.
During all these years he claimed Watertown as his home and with great brotherly love made frequent visits to his old home here presided over by his sister, since the death of his mother a few years ago. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. D. A. Hadley, wife of Dr. Hadley of Oconomowoc, and Miss Ella Wilder of this city.
Sunday his funeral was
held from his later home in
The interment was in Oak Hill cemetery, the services there being conducted by the Knights of Pythias, Rev. Daniell pronouncing the final benediction.
The funeral was very largely attended, their being friends from nearby towns, and many of the C. M. & St. P. Ry. men from various sections of the country were present. The floral offerings from friends from far and near were many and very beautiful. Mr. Wilder’s death is sincerely mourned wherever he was known, and his acquaintance extended to thousands of people from Watertown to the Pacific coast along the lines of the C. M. & St. P. Ry., his business dealings for his road bringing him in contact with many people.
Though he suffered many months, his final passing away seemed very peaceful, though he realized a few days before and remarked to his sister, Ella, that his end was near. Very few men enjoyed the esteem and respect of his acquaintances as did George Wilder. He was honest in his business dealings with others, kind and genial with everyone. His devotion to his sisters was truly edifying, and he lived a moral, exemplary life, and surely for such a man there is a great reward in the hereafter. He has passed from earth, but he will live in the memory of his friends for many a day. His noble character, his influence for good will survive him
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